Chardonnay: Articles on the Chardonnay White Wine Grape Varietal

2007 No. 99 Unoaked Chardonnay, Wayne Gretzky Estates - IntoWineTV Episode 78

"Celebrity Wines". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Loren Sonkin, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the 2007 No. 99 Unoaked Chardonnay, Wayne Gretzky Estates from the Niagara Peninsula, Canada.

Chablis: History & Recommendations for the Great Burgundy White Wine

About 110 miles southeast of Paris, at the northern tip of the Burgundy wine region France lays Chablis.  Chablis is the name of a village that has given its name to a region producing some of the best white wines in the world.  The region of Chablis encompasses 19 towns and is about twenty by fifteen kilometers in size.  In France, by law, wines are named after the place where they are fashioned and not the grape varietal.  The wine producers of Chablis have spent hundreds of years determining which grapes produce the best wines for their soils and the answer:  crisp, mineral-driven wines made from the Chardonnay grape. 

Pinot Noir in La Cote de Beaune: Burgundy’s Bouchard

The name Burgundy conjures up images of lush pinot noirs and chardonnays with expensive price tags, served to you with a French accent. It’s most wine lovers dream to visit the region and immerse yourself in pate, pinot and pastries.

Judgment of Paris: Film "Bottle Shock" Brings the Paris Tasting of 1976 to the Big Screen

Bottle Shock On May 24, 1976, Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant hoping to stoke sales at his French-wine-only shop, held a wine competition in Paris. In this competition French judges were invited to blind-taste top chardonnays and cabernet sauvignons from France and California. In an event that would later be dubbed the Judgment of Paris, the California wines –included merely to serve as the “sacrificial lambs” to the supposedly superior French wines- won the competition in a shocking upset. This singular event revolutionized the wine industry and put California on the map as a major world producer of fine wine.

This story comes to life on the silver screen for the first time with the film Bottle Shock, starring Bill Pullman, Alan Richman, and Dennis Farina among other notables. I recently chatted with Bottle Shock Co-Writer and Producer Jody Savin about the film.

Why this film now?

To answer this question in a socio-political sense, I would venture to say that we live in challenging times.

Santa Barbara County Wine: The State of the Grape 2008

In about 1820, a San Antonio winery was built in what is now Goleta, just north of the City of Santa Barbara.  The wine was made predominately for the missions as sacramental wine, but the padres undoubtedly made a little extra on the side.  The lonely adobe winery is still standing and nearly 200 years later, the wine industry in Santa Barbara County is thriving, in spite of the fluctuations of the economy, transitional markets, fickle consumers and inconsistent harvests.

Cosentino Winery

The Vibe: 

Housed in an ivy-covered, French-chateau styles stone building, the family owned Cosentino winery continues to produce a wide variety of wines. While zinfandel comprises much of the 70,000 case production, visitors to their just-north-of-Yountville tasting room can sidle up to the copper counter and try a pinot grigio, chardonnay, cab, sangiovese, pinot noir or merlot. Winemaker Mitch Consentino prides himself on producing a wide variety of artisanal wines using traditional methods.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Groups
  • Small, private events (e.g. wine/cheese pairings)
  • Those seeking to try several different varietals sourced from several different areas
Not good for: 
  • Tours
  • Weddings
  • Picnics
Known For: 
Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese
Pictures: 

Locations

7415 St. Helena Hwy
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 23.094" N, 122° 22' 9.5988" W
7415 St. Helena Hwy
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 23.094" N, 122° 22' 9.5988" W
Phone Number: 
7079441220

Hill Family Estate

The Vibe: 

Right next door to the acclaimed Bistro Jeanty, and fronting the beautiful Antique Fair antique shoppe, the tasting room of Hill Family is a natural stop between lunch and shopping. While the antique store has been around for more than three decades, the tasting space is less than two years old, but you wouldn’t guess this as you step through the recycled doors into the antique-bedecked room. 19th century French furniture, salvaged from the cellars and attics of French chateau, greet you upon entry and beckon you to the back. Before you begin browsing however, you must stop at the tasting counter and pick up a pour of the chardonnay, pinot, or Origin, so you have something to sip as you admire the heavy woods and fine finishes on the armoires, tables, chairs, desks, and other stout pieces in the store. Linger long enough, and you may forget you aren’t in France.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Antique enthusiasts/shoppers
  • Small to medium sized groups
  • Small, private tastings
Not good for: 
  • Large groups
  • Tours
  • Picnics
  • Weddings
  • Events
Known For: 
Origin (Cab/Merlot/Malbec Blend), Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
Pictures: 

Locations

6512 Washington Sreet
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 4.1436" N, 122° 21' 35.7192" W
6512 Washington Sreet
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 4.1436" N, 122° 21' 35.7192" W
Phone Number: 
7009449580

Mike Grgich: The "King of Chardonnay" on the Past, Present, and Future of Napa Valley Wine

A legend in Napa Valley, Croatian born winemaker Mike Grgich has witnessed -and played a major role in- the transformation of Napa Valley from rural farm town to international wine superpower. His Chardonnays have been victorious at two of the most celebrated wine tastings in modern history. In 1976, the Chardonnay he crafted for Napa's Chateau Montelena beat the best wines France had to offer in the wine industry altering Judgment of Paris. A year later, he partnered with Austin Hills of the Hills Bros. Coffee family to launch Grgich Hills Cellar. The extraordinary winemaking continued as in 1980 Grgich Hills Chardonnay beat 221 other Chardonnays for first place in a blind tasting at The Great Chicago Showdown. The moniker "The King of Chardonnay" soon followed. I had the great fortune of chatting with Mike Grgich recently. What follows is his take on the past, present, and future of Napa Valley wine and Grgich Hills.

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